Cruising – Cape Jaffa to Portland
We left Cape Jaffa at 0400 the next morning. The swell was up around three metres and before long it started raining heavily. I went and had a lie down and fell promptly to sleep! I woke up later in the morning to find that it had turned into an awesome sunny day. The swell was huge!
Dwayne had his tuna lures out and when I spotted a heap of fish jumping out of the water we headed over to take a spin around them. We hooked onto a tuna and Dwayne pulled it in after a little tug-of-war with the fish!
We got into Rivoli Bay, where Dwayne cleaned his tuna, while I cooked some sushi rice. We enjoyed the tuna sashimi, sushi and grilled. Unfortunately we were not protected from the swell in Rivoli Bay and the boat was thrown from side to side. After a feed of fish there was little to do bar lie down and read. Sleep that night did not come easy, and staying asleep was impossible as the boat was rocked violently and everything, onside and out, was banging and clanging.
We left Rivoli Bay at first light in a very thick fog. The fog hung around for a few hours then the day proceeded to delight with blue skies and little wind. Unfortunately that meant we motor-sailed for most of the day, but in swell of 3 – 3.5 mtrs we were quite comfortable. Dwayne cooked a delicious pasta of tuna, garlic, cream and capers, for lunch.
Lots of Tuna jumping out of the water and plenty of birds. Coming into Port MacDonnell there was a lot of swell.
Once we had picked up a mooring, we put the tender in and went ashore for a couple of rums, before heading back to the boat where Katrina cooked some tuna steaks which we enjoyed with chips and salad. The moon was up and the water inside the breakwater was calm; we couldn’t wait for a good night sleep!
We left Port Mac this morning in beautiful weather, albeit very cold.
Today we had a great sail for most of the day, our best yet, 7-9knots beam reach. Just perfect. We crossed the border into Victoria this morning and had a shot of Penny Hill Very Old Fortified to mark the moment (thanks Garry Reed.)
We have arrived in Portland and we are looking forward to a pub meal.
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